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Inquisitorial Taskforce
Topic Started: 12 Jul 2013, 10:59 AM (95,052 Views)
tomcra
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I've been working on a couple of Inquisitors lately. I like the models that GW produce but somehow I feel that they need a slight baroqueness that isn't in the models commercially available. They also should feature quite a level of customisation. Inquisitors are extremely individual characters and any mini should reflect this.

These are my offerings.

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This model uses the Warhammer Empire Witchhunter as a starting point. The conversion of it is fairly minimal as it is a nice model to begin with. The head has been replaced with that of a Grey Knight Terminator whilst the armour and leather greatcoat is adorned with extra purity seals.

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The second model represents a fairly deep delve into the bits box. His legs and torso are from an Empire Greatcoat. His left arm is a spare from a Death Korp Death Rider, finished with a Space Marine Bolter. His right arm is the Power Sword arm from the Cadian Command Squad. I've shaved off the shoulder pad here to give it a flatter appearance. His is carrying the spare Great Sword from the Empire Witchhunter above. I've also finished him with the Flame Canister from a Krieg flamer. This has been used as a life support cannister of some sort.

The Red Mage

Every Inquisitor needs a pack of henchmen to keep him company. The next few posts will feature my first few henchmen. My starting point for these is the artwork of John Blanche. Enough has been written elsewhere (no less on the excellent Tears of Isstvan blog) as to why John's artwork speaks volumes in portraying the uniquely gothic and baroque feel of the 40k universe. Looking at his work, you get the feeling that although he is portraying the far future, enough of the past remains for each piece to be recognisable. I like the idea that his characters could be quite at home in some vast Hive World or in the court of some 14th century despot.

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For the Red Mage, the starting point was the Vampire Counts Wraith. The torso beneath the robes was made from several Forgeworld Renegade Militia backpacks. The head too was taken from a Renegade Militiaman. If you look carefully you can just about make out his artificial lung, made from another Death Korp flamer canister. The drug injectors on his back are scratchbuilt from polystyrene tube.

I wanted the Red Mage to feel mysterious. Silent company, perhaps only communicating through hand gestures or not at all. He is a soothsayer, a recluse, a reader of sump rat bones and the movements of dust particles.

The Crimson Reliquary

My second henchman is also a slightly mysterious character, more a silent watcher than anything approaching useful in a fight.

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The Crimson Reliquary is just that, a reliquary containing the ossified remains of a great hero, in this case a Space Marine Terminator of indeterminate origin.

The starting point was a Terminator torso. To this I added a Warhammer Zombie head and arms. The right hand arm was adorned with various tubes and wires to give the idea that the original character was heavily bionically modified. The torso also is trailing wires and devotional bells and charms. The whole model was finished off with various purity seals and a Grey Knight heraldry pad, hinting at the origin of this mysterious character.

The Gimp

The Gimp is a mutant, rescued from the sump crust after displaying a latent psycic power in the form of an uncanny ability to navigate the labyrinthine depths of Secundus Underhive. This alone has spared him execution or internment aboard an Inquisitorial Blackship, although this stay can surely only be temporary.

For now he is a useful addition, although one with a finite lifespan.

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The model started life as a Vampire Counts Ghoul. The head came from a Warhammer Zombie, as too the arms. The Power Hammer is actually the hammer from the out of production Empire Priest.

Crusaders

A few more normal looking henchmen now (or as normal as the 40k setting allows). These chaps are decidedly human with only minor modifications. I envisage these as off-worlder iconoclasts, religious warriors, priestly soldiers.

First up, a Crusader. Created from several different parts: Empire cannon legs, Elysian torso, another Death Rider arm + modified lasgun. I particularly like the snail drum ammunition feed on the weapon created from a Cadian grenade launcher magazine. I envisaged this weapon being an ancient, solid slug based firearm, the recoil of which would require considerable skill to control.

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The Cadian grenade throwing arm works really nicely here with the addition of a pistol. I filed off the detail on his Cadian torso armour, so that it looks more like a single plate chest piece, perhaps of ancient provenance.

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The Librarian

The Inquisitorial libraries of Terra are said to hold some of the most dangerous and damaging texts known to mankind. It is said that for those who are unprepared through years of psychic conditioning, the simple recognition of a single word can tip a man into insanity, and perhaps more dangerously, open him up to the possibility of daemonic possession.

Unfortunately, from time to time, members of the Ordo Malleus have need of such tomes and employ specialist Librarians to retrieve them from the hidden depths of their ancient libraries. Such henchmen must be well trained, well equipped and perhaps more importantly, psychicly attuned, for some tomes have often decayed and corrupted to such an extent that they themselves provide an easily traversed bridge between the Warp and the Materium. Who knows what falls through these holes in reality?

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This guy was actually a really quick build, carried out over the course of two evenings. He is an amalgamation of Empire Flagellant, Empire Handgunner and various other bits and bobs.

The weapon is intended as some kind of Dragon's Breath Shotgun, charged with blessed shells. An anti-Daemon weapon of a sort. These types of Librarians are not expected to live for very long, but the simple opportunity of laying eyes on their master's forbidden lore makes sure that there are always a pool of volunteer replacements to draw from.
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Alexander
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WOW the floating relic is amazing! I really like concept and execution.

The red mage is a Nice looking fellow.

The librarian is my kind of adept!
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KrautScientist
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Hmm, I could have sworn I commented on some of these over on your blog, but it seems I didn't... well, let's rectify that right away:

First of all, Welcome to the forum! And what an entry! Those models are brilliant, both in concept and in execution. I especially like the Blachian influence, and the rather subdued colour palette! My favourites have got to be the Inquisitor based on the Witchunter (it is a small conversion, as you say, but that head is just a perfect addition to the model!) and the Crusader (who looks exactly like something out of a JB illustration). Extra kudos for the completely out-there concept of that floating reliquary!

Looking forward to your next update!
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Chilli Fueled Heretic
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Lovely work. I do like the drum fed stubber chap, the Vickie minis head works well.

So who recruited you to the forum and where from? I am sure I have seen your work somewhere else before!

Dan
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Looks good. Someone around here linked to your blog at some point, although I don't remember who or when.
Part of the way you're writing and referring to things makes me wonder whether these are these actual play pieces or
just display work?

As regards your henchman's drum-fed dealie, I'll bring up a niggle regarding the absence of an ejection port if it's
supposed to be a solid projectile weapon. (Even if it's caseless, they have to be able to eject in the event of a
stoppage or simply to make the weapon safe). Still, not a desperate problem - it's only people like me that are likely
to notice such things.

I also have another niggle... but it's about the width of the pictures. They're impressive, but wide enough to be stretching the forum layout, which
makes it harder to read the thread if you're not one of those lucky people with really wide kazillion pixel screens. If you can, it'd help if you could
use narrower ones in future.
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Chilli Fueled Heretic - It was PDH who mentioned I should pop over and take a look at what you guys are doing. Originally it was the whole Yggdrasillium thing that got me into INQ28, that and the regular Blantchitsu feature in White Dwarf.

These are only display pieces at the moment, although I've kind of go a campaign forming in my mind.
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Some really nice conversions and the de-saturated pallete is nice.

The Librarian is particularly inventive, and the Red Priest - yet another conversion of that ubiquitous cairn wraith! - is wonderful.

The whole Yggdrasillium thing, and Blanchitsu... these are two of the most influential events in 40k - they are inspiring Inq28 modellers and painters all over the world! (But where was Blanchitsu in this month's WD?...)

Looking forward to more!
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Love the The Crimson Reliquary... hmm... I may have to borrow that idea..!

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☺PDH
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You came :) . Yeah it was me who pointed people over your way. These guys are brilliant...especially the librarian and the las-stubber guy.

Roll one some more.
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tomcra
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@PDH - I did. Thanks for the invite. This place is very inspiring. Some great work going on here.

I keep looking at Neil101 Yggdrasillium board and thinking I'm going to have to try and attempt something similar. Saw the news this morning about GW's move into INQ28. That looks interesting. Have to see how that pans out. This whol sub-movement could be going mainstream.
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SelvaggioSaky
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Some creepy figures here, they're really thought off and well executed.
The color palette You're using is great, how do You do your white clothes?
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tomcra
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@ SelvaggioSaky - The white clothes are usually a white undercoat, washed with a mix of Nuln oil and Devlan mud, then dry brushed with more white.
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Wow thé last Guy is sooooo Blanchy! Excellent!
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tomcra
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Thought it had been a while since I uploaded anything Inq28 related. I was going through the collection last night, weeding out those models that can safely be ebayed when I came across this chap.

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I'd totally forgotten about him. He's based on the Marco Columbo model that is just about to get a reboot (so my sources say). A simple headswap with an Empire Flagellant and the backpack rod from an old Njarll Stormcaller model that's long been lost and he's ready to go.

Not sure about the paint job. Perhaps this is one that needs stripping and starting again.
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Thanks for taking the time to show your Inquisitorial Taskforce! There are some great looking models here.

I really like your first Inquisitor based off of the Empire Witchhunter. The Grey Knight head works perfectly. The Red Mage looks great too; his artificial lung is a nice touch. Your Crusaders are really interesting and characterful. The first one’s light machinegun is really neat; your idea to use the Cadian grenade launcher magazine was top notch. Also, those Elysian models work great for conversions; I like your use of one of their bodies.

Keep up the great work!
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That is a really nice model. I think it could do with a slight repaint...it just doesn't look as good as your newer miniatures.
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Ok, so after digging out this model from storage after quite a few years I thought he needed a bit of an update in terms of paint job. Here's the latest version:

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I've also been working on a few other bits and pieces.

Twist Trackers

There were two of them on the roadway, cheerless shades of once humanity. A vanguard of sorts dressed in padded jackets and rags so that they looked like travelling scouts of some archaic and ancient manifestation.

More followed in their wake, shuffling along the road in groups of two or three. They carried rifles of Imperial design or else obsolete weapons, stolen from some armoury up-hive and hastily copied. A few wore helmets, balanced precariously upon their wasted heads, the straps undone at the chin. Others had tied bandannas or scarves around their temples in an approximation of some militant band of insurrectionists, an army of under-hive navvies with only plunder upon their minds. One wore a braided officer's jacket, decorated at the breast with a half dozen medals. Another wore a dark green flak-jacket daubed with swirling patterns of a primitive appearance. Another still wore the peaked mitre of an Administratum priest.

Still, they came on. The men at the rear were armed in a far cruder manner. Sump hooks, sharpened forks and spades, ancient chain swords, the origins of which looked almost Chaotic.

They walked disparately, bereft of discipline or effective leadership, appearing more as a rabble who had stumbled upon the remains of a military costumier. Drink invincible and possessing the swagger of assumed authority, they regarded the tiny warband before them with hungry eyes.

Liago considered the possibilities. These men, these excuses for such, would have to be consigned to the Emporer's Peace. Absolution was the only course of action for his fallen subjects. It would be a shame to waste all of them, however. He wondered if one or two might prove useful in a certain bizarre set of cicumstances. Temporarily of course.


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My take on a classic

I've been a big follower of Spiky Rat Pack for some time now. I love the vision that Kari and Mikko have been putting together in terms of INQ28 characters. One of my favourites is Sergi the SlasherSergi the Slasher. The back story of this character alone is amazing.

Anyhow, with the idea that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I thought I'd have a go at something similar.

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I've think I've used most of the same parts that Mikko and Kari used. Having said that the backpack came from Victoria Miniatures and he's got hold of an old rusty bolter.

I noted that The Spiky version of this features free hand writing on the chest plate. I kind of cheated here and used Cadian transfers but I think the effect works.
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Really nice mutants. The =I= dog collars are a nice little detail. The paintjob on them are also top notch, the pale faded look is very distinct.

However a small nitpick. There are a lot of mould line on the figures. If removed the figures would look even better.
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If you have to look hard to notice a mould line in a close-up photo, it won't be noticeable on the table -- besides, trouser legs usually have a seam anyway.

I think they're just great as they are.
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I absolutely love the Crimson Reliquary, both the idea behind it and the execution. I hope you don't mind if I borrow (shamelessly steal) it!
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